Simon Close is a private, part-cobbled Mews Style cul-de-sac off Portobello Road in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It contains 14 properties used for residential purposes.
When the London Poverty Maps were published, the area was noted as having mixed living conditions, some houses were well off whilst others had lower than average household salaries.
The close is part of Kensington’s ‘Pembridge’ Conservation Area; one of the earliest designations in 1969, the area has since been developed in the 19th Century and contains a wide variety of different building types; from Mews to terraces and semi-detached/ detached villas.
The two storey properties have a mixture of different roof styles and rendered or painted brickwork facades, with cladding. Parking is restricted along the cobbled and tarmacadam road. No access is permitted to the general public.
The primary purpose of the properties in the close is now residential. The properties were built between 1950 and 60.
Before and since 2003 there have been a few planning applications made for alterations to the properties in Simon Close, most notably garage conversions for additional living space.
Conservation Area controls now apply to new development in the close.